Osama Bin Lowrider: It’s All the Same Culture

Our political discussions and media coverage are far too shallow to be useful. We must go deeper and much further back to understand the world today and learn how to get where we want to go. Almost everyone misunderstands what culture is. Most think it is soda pop, pop stars, blue jeans, language, and TV. Some think it is capitalism, communism, or progressivism. Some see culture as Western culture or […]

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PDC in Ghana – August 2009

Greg Knibbs Certificate (Horticulture) Certificate (EcoVillage Design) Diploma (Permaculture) Accredited Permaculture Consultant Paul Yeboah Diploma (Tropical Agriculture) Certificate (Permaculture) Permaculture Consultant Permaculture Teacher 10th to 22nd August 2 Week Course (excluding Sunday) Jo- Chris – Ma – Hotel, Techiman, Ghana Graduate with Accredited Permaculture Design Certificate $905 Ghana Cedis $995 AU Dollars $650 US Dollars $510 Euro (inc. Snacks, Lunch) Strictly limited numbers Click here for full details (PDF)

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Beyond Peak Oil and Climate Change

A breakthrough Photo: Amehare/Flickr When plants grow they convert CO2 and water into carbohydrates with the help of sunlight. This process is called photosynthesis. For many years scientists tried to mimic photosynthesis to produce methanol. It wasn’t easy. The main challenge was to design a catalyst that would allow the whole process to work. And it’s exactly a right catalyst that was recently discovered by professor Dobieslaw Nazimek from Poland. […]

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Happy “Fock the Earth Day”

Okay, this is a couple of days late – but… whatever. Although Earth Day has merit in bringing people’s attention to environmental issues, since its inception in 1970 it doesn’t seem to have stopped us all trashing the planet on the other 364 days of the year (or even on ‘Earth Day’ for that matter). The following clip is a comical hand-wringing about this very fact – suggesting and introducing […]

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From Each According to Their Ability?

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins The wealthy in the UK are throwing all manner of hissy fits at the very idea of paying their fair share to help pull our collective fat out of the fire. They are once again threatening to leave the country in droves unless we all pucker up. Perhaps a concerted drive is needed to finally establish a clear distinction between the concepts of ‘earn’, […]

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Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A. Lester Brown In the May issue of Scientific American, Lester Brown discusses how food shortages could be the weak link that brings down civilization. In this feature article, “Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?” Brown reveals that the biggest threat to global political stability is the potential for food crises in poor countries to cause government collapse. Those crises are […]

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Play the McDonald’s Video Game!

Today we look at another environmental feedback loop, and also put you in the driver’s seat of the world’s biggest fast food chain. Over the last few years, the term ‘feedback loop’ has become common terminology. For the uninitiated, it’s a concise way to describe how the results of an activity cause a change in the activity itself – subsequently amplifying the outcome of the activity, and beginning an increasingly […]

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Assistance/Consultations for Establishment of New Permaculture Projects

Because of increasing interest and demand for help in setting up new Permaculture projects worldwide, we’ve just added a couple of new documents to the site that will help get your started thinking at a practical level, and that will help us to engage in meaningful conversation with you as you seek to establish your own project. Advice and/or Resources: If you’re seeking help for your site, please complete our […]

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Earth Policy Institute Press Teleconference – How Food Shortages Could Bring Down Civilization

Teleconference: Thursday, April 23, 11:00 AM EDT Environmental Analyst Lester Brown: How Food Shortages Could Bring Down Civilization Washington, DC — On Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. EDT, environmental analyst Lester Brown will discuss how food shortages could be the weak link that brings down civilization. In an article featured in the May issue of Scientific American, Brown reveals that the biggest threat to global political stability is […]

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When Fixes Need Fixing?

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins Grist provides these two links to reports of pending agricultural collapse in the Punjab due to (profit driven?) over-exploitation of resources. [Editor’s Note: for more on this, head here] The Huffington Post posts this, by Lise van Susteran, on Moral Obligation. Fred Pearce, on consuming vs population. Did I post this already? I just saw this – Ian Tomlinson’s death at the G20 demonstrations […]

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